Here are some additional tips to keep your skin clear and your acne at bay.
Wash Your Bedding Often
When it comes to close intimate contact, nothing touches us more than our own bedding. We spend a third of our life in close contact with our bedding and most of it acts as a sponge absorbing anything we secrete. Wash pillow cases at least once a week since they come in direct contact with our face. Laying on a pillow case that hasn’t been washed in a long time is no different from laying on an oil cloth. The pillow case literally acts as a sponge.
Moisturize, Especially in Dry Climates or Winter
There are a lot of people out there that are afraid to moisturize because they fear it’ll cause acne. Moisture doesn’t cause acne, clogged pores do. Your skin needs moisture to maintain itself or else it can become cracked, peeled, and faded. This particularly goes for areas with low humidity or the north during the winter months. Use a moisturizer that doesn’t contain oil based ingredients and don’t over use it and you should be fine.
Honey Works Great
A honey mask is a great way to purify the skin and leave it feeling soft and hydrated. A honey mask is simply making a mask out of honey. The ancient Egyptians and Romans first used honey to purify the skin and heal wounds thousands of years ago and its healing properties are well confirmed. Just make sure you’re not allergic to honey before making a mask out of it.
A Little Benzoyl Peroxide Goes a Long Way
If you’re having excessive skin oil problems, you might want to consider some medicated facial pads or facial soap. Even if you don’t have acne, using benzoyl peroxide once in a while will help during the times when skin oil production is really in high gear. Make sure you use a product with a very low dosage of the medicine (1-2%) is great and only use it occasionally. Skin oil production can fluctuate a lot and if you pay close attention you can catch those peeks and nip at them before they cause problems.
Wash That Makeup Off Pronto
Makeup is a major source of acne problems in females. Makeup by its design really covers up the skin which can lead to clogged pores if left on too long. I’m not going to tell anyone not to wear their makeup but I will advise you to wash it off as soon as it is no longer necessary, particularly before going to bed. Also, the less oil based makeups that you use, the better as these types of makeup are particularly bad for causing acne.
Take It Easy
It’s a well-known fact that stress can lead to acne relaxingor at least help set the perfect conditions for it. As mentioned previously in this article your immune system is key to keeping bacterial infections at bay. When you’re stressed out, your immune system takes a hit and doesn’t function as well as it could. In addition, because of the stress, your body focuses on taking care of other priorities and skin health takes a back seat. If possible, reduce the stress in your life. Your stress free attitude may be rewarded with blemish free skin!
If we can leave you with anything today, it is that acne prevention is in the doing, not the knowing. As long as you’re actively trying to keep acne at bay by incorporating it into your routine EVERY DAY and incorporating some of the tips above, you shouldn’t have a problem with your acne. And when the one or two pimples that manage to squeak by do appear, you’ll be in perfect condition to get them under control quickly.